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Zone read: Georgia Tech tries to lure recruits with Hollywood promises

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The Zone Read is your college football primer to make you seem like the smartest person at the water cooler even if you're not.

Georgia Tech is trying a new recruiting pitch: Come to GT and you might see a movie star.

That's what several of Georgia top high school juniors were hoping this past weekend when the coaching staff took them for a tour of campus and stopped at the baseball fields where Clint Eastwood was shooting scenes from his new movie "Trouble with the Curve." According to MTV.com, the movie "revolves around an aging baseball scout (played by Eastwood), who goes on a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a potential recruit" and stars Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

Unfortunately for the recruits, the stars were not out as they rolled by, so it wasn't exactly a selling point. But the idea that there might have been Hollywood royalty on Georgia Tech's campus created a little bit of intrigue.

"That was awesome, seeing how everything was set up," JJ Green, an all-purpose athlete from Camden County High School told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We probably should've stayed around there and tried to get into the movie."

Do as I say, not as I do: Since Ron Zook was fired at Illini back in November, he's had a lot of time to lounge on the back porch of his Central Florida dream home.

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But just because the Zooker is out of college football doesn't mean he isn't watching it with a keen eye, especially his former coaching stop of Florida. Zook reached out to coach Will Muschamp and offered some advice on how to deal with Gator fans, who aren't exactly thrilled with Muschamp's 7-6 record in his inaugural season.

"Will is a good guy and a good football coach," Zook told the Orlando Sentinel. "You just have to give him a chance to recruit and get his people in there. The program is not where it should be from a talent standpoint. Anything I can do to help him, I'll do because I don't want to see happen to him what happened to me."

Zook's time at Florida was not pretty. He was there three seasons and lost more games than the Gators during the previous 12 years under Steve Spurrier. It's like fans anticipated Zook's struggles and one decided to create FireRonZook.com, the first website of its kind, before Zook even took the podium.

"That's my legacy to the profession," he told the paper. "I'm the first guy who had a FireTheCoach.com website. I had no chance. From the day I walked into the introductory press conference, I was fired."

But I'm a football player: Shockingly, cops don't care if you play football, especially at Texas Tech.

Sophomore tight end Jace Amaro and running back Kenny Williams were arrested Friday morning after using a stolen credit card to buy drinks at the bar. After the two ran up $100 tab, management became suspicious and owner Chris Bourne decided to call the cops.

That's when these two geniuses thought wearing Texas Tech gear was a get out of jail free card as they told the owner repeatedly they were football players, which apparently makes stealing OK.

The two were booked into the Lubbock County Criminal Detention Center on Friday evening and charged with credit card abuse, a second-degree felony.

"Texas Tech will allow the Lubbock Police Department to conduct its investigation into the matter involving two football student-athletes," associate athletic director Blayne Beal said in a statement to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "Once that investigation has been completed and more facts are known, the university and head coach Tommy Tuberville will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary."

Sticky notes: Bob Stoops isn't saying whether the "Belldozer" play with quarterback Blake Bell bumrushing the defensive line from a yard out is in or out of the playbook next year. That's for UTEP to find out… While some SEC coaches are using helicopters, multiple letters and accidental butt dialing to lure recruits, Virginia coach Mike London snagged Georgia's No. 1 quarterback with a heartfelt video… Gary Patterson gives his theory on why the SEC is better than everyone else at football… Nick Saban wants this year's Alabama to find its own identity... And meet Jeff Hurd, your new WAC commissioner.

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